Chancellor George Osborne delivered the Conservative Party Summer Budget on Wednesday and the subtext was a big two-fingers to the party’s main opposition Labour, following his party’s surprise election victory in May.
Osborne introduced the budget by saying: “From a one nation government this is a one nation budget.”
That directly references former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who branded his party as “One Nation Labour” in the run up to May’s election. Miliband himself had nicked the term from 19th century Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
Not only did Osborne nick Labour’s branding, he also copied some of the party’s key policies.
One of the biggest surprises in the budget was the abolition of permanent non-dom status, something Ed Miliband called for. The Conservative Party is also introducing a national living wage, another Labour idea, and pushing forward devolution plans which were backed by the opposition.
All of this hasn’t gone unnoticed on Twitter:
Labour’s National Minimum Wage rebranded as Osborne’s National Living Wage – but at less than level set by the Living Wage Foundation
— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) July 8, 2015
George Osborne has eaten Labour’s lunch today. And the hopes of millions.
— Tim Hardy (@bc_tmh) July 8, 2015
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